Raising the Dead
Past incarnations of the Lord have performed this miracle of raising people from the dead. Bringing a dead person to life is a very serious transgression against the natural law. The Lord in human form does not do this miracle frequently. Even if He does, He keeps it secret. The Lord does not want to be known as one who violates His own laws. He violates His laws only under exceptional circumstances, in order to benefit His real devotees and that too when there is no other alternative. Swami told some devotees, "Lord Krsna brought back to life, the son of His teacher, Sandipani. The boy, whom he brought back to life, was a very deserving soul and the circumstances were extraordinary. Lord Krsna did not publicize the event. What He told most people that the boy was drowning in the water and had drifted to a faraway shore where he was lying unconscious, next to a black man. He (Lord Krsna) had merely rescued the boy from the black man. Actually the faraway shore was the after-world since the boy had died. The 'black man' was none other than the Lord of Death, Yama, who is supposed to be black in color. Thus Lord Krsna tried to make the incident appear as a case of an ordinary rescue.
Later, in the Mahabharata war, Abhimanyu, the son of Lord Krsna's sister died in the battlefield. His sister, Subhadra, prayed to Lord Krsna, to bring back her dead son. She quoted the incident of bringing back to life the son of Sandipani. She thought that being related to the Lord's human form, in this world was justification enough to violate the natural law and bring her son back to life. However the Lord knew better. He knew that Abhimanyu, the dead warrior hero, who was his nephew, did not deserve to be brought back to life. Abhimanyu had died on the battlefield and was sure to reach heaven. So He refused the request of His sister. He told her that He did not have any such powers to bring the dead to life. He told her that the incident of saving the son of His teacher, Sandipani, was a case of an ordinary rescue.
Many years later, when the mission of the Lord on earth was completed and it was time for Lord Krsna to shed the mortal coil, He arranged the hunting accident, in which a hunter mistook Lord Krsna to be a deer and shot Him with an arrow on His foot. Lord Krsna did not save Himself from dying for He knew that the mortal body was impermanent while He was the Ruler of life and death. Similarly, Lord Jesus, raised Lazarus from the dead, but died on the cross Himself. He did not save Himself even when Roman soldiers mocked at Him and challenged Him to save Himself, if He really were the Savior".
Swami too performed a miracle of raising a dead person; however, He kept it secret. He revealed the incident to His devotees but not the name of the person He saved. He revealed the name of the person only to Sri Ajay as proof. The incident took place as follows:
The son of a devotee breathed his last around midnight. The house of this devotee was far from the town and the mother had not been able to take the child to the hospital on time. The grieving mother fell at the feet of Swami and cried pitifully for hours. She begged Swami to bring back her son. Swami told her that it was against the laws of nature and justice to do such a thing. However the mother was beyond consoling. She was going into a shock herself and would not have survived. All the other family members were devastated by the death of the child. Finally Swami stood up and said "I am the Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer of this entire creation. Life is only a small part of creation, which comprises inert matter and living beings. Life is called para prakrti. It is under My control". Then Swami walked over to where the dead boy lay, uttering several times, the sacred words, "Aham Brahma asmi (I am the Lord)". Then He touched the boy. Immediately, the boy came to life. He was free from illness and in a few minutes was happily playing about. Then Swami told the mother and the other family members to not reveal the incident to anybody. Swami allowed the mother to reveal her identity only to Sri Ajay and describe the incident to him. Thus other devotees would know about the incident without knowing about the identity of the devotee. That devotee told Sri Ajay that after Swami brought her son back to life, He tried to dismiss the incident saying that it was no miracle since the boy was perhaps just unconscious and woke up when He touched him. She also told Ajay, that she would not be fooled by such statements since she knew for sure that her son was dead and that Swami brought him back to life in front of her eyes.
Swami cures brain hemorrhage
One day, Swami told Ajay, regarding his wife, Smt. Nagalakshmi, "Today, the divine chariot is coming to take away your wife's life. Let her be ready to leave". The same day, Smt. Nagalakshmi suffered from a brain hemorrhage. A CT scan was immediately done and the doctors found a very large clot of blood in her brain and that some critical nerves were ruptured. Doctors said that chances of her surviving were almost nil. They expected her to go into a coma and die any moment. Ajay approached Swami for help. Swami applied sacred ash on her forehead and asked the doctors to repeat the scan. To their astonishment, the blood clot in her brain had totally disappeared and the ruptured nerves had miraculously healed. Smt. Nagalakshmi survived but remained paralyzed. Ajay could not go to work because he had to look after her. On the Thursday following this incident, Swami told Ajay to go to work without worrying about his wife. To everyone's amazement, that very day, Smt. Nagalakshmi walked freely and was able to talk and interact with everyone as usual. Her doctors were stunned and claimed that such a sudden recovery was something they had never seen in their whole careers.
Curing a peculiar disease
Sri Subbarao is a retired income tax officer, residing at Machalipatnam. His son was suffering from a peculiar disease; he could not bear the smell of his own sweat. The son was an engineering student. Unable to withstand the smell, he wanted to commit suicide. His father approached several doctors but they could not help him. Then they took him to different saints to see if their blessings could cure him. Unfortunately there was not even a trace of improvement. Finally, they approached Swami. The father wept and pleaded to Swami to cure his son. At first Swami expressed His inability to cure the disease because the father had told Him that his son could not be cured even by some great saints that they had approached. However the father would not let go. He clung to the feet of Swami and begged Him to do something. After a long time, when neither the father nor Swami would budge from their respective stands, Sri C. Balakrishna Murthy intervened. He prayed to Swami to help the father, who was crying for his son. Finally the heart of Swami melted and Swami applied sacred ash (vibhuti) on the forehead of the son. At that very instant, the disease disappeared.
Smt. Satyakumari was considered to be a spiritually advanced person by those who knew her since she has some supernatural powers. She even had some followers. She once came to see Swami in Hyderabad. As soon as she saw Swami, she was shocked to see a beam of intense radiation coming from Swami. She remained transfixed with her eyes set on Swami. Lord Datta, possessed her and began to talk through her. Swami asked her, "Who are you?" She replied, "I am Lord Datta". Swami asked her, "Then who am I?" She replied, "You are me and I am you". She repeated this thrice. After that Swami released her. He told her to be careful about her health that night, around midnight. True to His word, she suffered a paralytic attack at midnight. Her followers called Swami immediately. Swami transferred her disease to Himself and she was immediately relieved from it. However, Swami suffered with that disease for the whole night.
Saving a boy
A boy called Srikar is a devotee of Swami. He respectfully prostrates before Swami whenever he sees Him. Once, Srikar was seriously ill. His parents wept before Swami. Swami stood before the boy and made some signs in the sky. The boy recovered immediately. When devotees asked about the meaning of those signs, Swami told them that Srikar was about to die. The messengers of Yama, the Lord of Death, had come to take his soul away. With those signs, He had instructed them, to spare his life and go away.
Relieving spinal pain
Sri Ramana, a devotee of Swami in at Hyderabad woke up in the middle of the night due to a sudden and terrible spinal pain. He cried for Swami. In a fraction of a second, he was relieved from the pain and Swami at Vijayawada started suffering with the same pain immediately.
Curing chronic headaches
Sri Ajay has suffering with a terrible headache. Swami touched his head with His hand. Ajay felt as if it were a block of ice. His headache suddenly disappeared. However, Swami suffered with a headache for three days.
A devotee called Smt. Bharathi was suffering from an acute headache. She decided to try a home remedy. She prepared a paste out of dried ginger to apply on her forehead. Swami saw what she was doing and told her to apply that paste on His forehead instead. Bharathi did not understand why Swami would want the home-made balm on His forehead, yet she did as He said. It was only when her headache disappeared almost immediately after applying the balm on Swami, and Swami developed a severe headache, did she realize why He needed the balm.
Swami applied sacred ash to the foreheads of Smt. Srilakshmi and Smt. Bhavani and their chronic headaches disappeared that very instant. Swami transferred the headache of Smt. Vasumathi to His left foot and relieved her of it instantly. Swami removed the headache of Smt. Seethamma. It appeared as a yellow light when Swami removed it and was seen by Smt. Seethamma too.
Pains of surgery
Smt. Vasumathi underwent surgery and was in terrible pain after it. Her husband approached Swami at 9:00 pm and requested Him to help her. Swami agreed. He blessed her. Immediately an electric spark passed through her body and the entire pain disappeared.
Removing cheek pain
Smt. Shrutakirti, a devotee of Swami, was suffering with severe pain in her cheek. She prayed to Swami for relief. Swami appeared in her dream and conducted an operation. He also applied a black colored ointment on her cheek. The next morning her pain had disappeared.
Boils of a cobbler
One day Swami having food in the house of Sri Bhima Sankaram. All of a sudden Swami said that a certain cobbler, who was His devotee, had been badly burnt in a fire accident. The cobbler had boils all over his body. Swami declared that He was going to transfer the boils of the cobbler onto His body. As He spoke, boils started appearing all over His body. Swami suffered with the boils for three days while the cobbler's burns got cured completely without any medicine.
Saving from death
Smt. Rama, a devotee of Swami, became seriously ill in Hyderabad and was taken to the hospital. She was in a critical condition. Swami told about her condition to her relatives in Vijayawada even before anyone was informed about her illness. Swami sat in meditation for six hours in Vijayawada. Smt. Rama recovered immediately. She says that Swami saved her from the clutches of death.
Sri C. Balakrishna Murthy, who is Swami's first devotee, once was taken seriously ill and began to throw up blood. Swami said, "He is my sincere devotee. I will take his disease". Swami transferred his disease on His own body and started vomiting blood. Sri Balakrishna Murthy was cured. On another occasion, Sri Balakrishna Murthy started suffering with a stomach ulcer. He could not even eat a morsel of food. He sat at the feet of Swami and prayed sadly "Oh Swami! You have cured this type of disease in your previous incarnation, as Sri Narasimha Saraswati. Please cure the same disease now." Swami was eating rice mixed with a spicy pickle. Swami offered the same food to him. Sri Bala Krishna Murthy's wife objected to it since the rice and the spicy pickle was sure to make his condition even worse. . Yet Swami insisted and gave that food to Sri Bala Krishna Murthy, who ate it with full faith. The disease disappeared on the spot and he began eating normally from that day onwards. However Swami developed an ulcer and suffered in pain. Swami suffers from a stomach ulcer to this very day. Swami told devotees later, "In a certain feast, Sri Narasimha Saraswati also asked a devotee suffering from stomach pain, to eat food that was sure to worsen the devotee's condition. The devotee ate it with full faith in Sri Narasimha Saraswati. Since Sri Balakrishna Murthy referred to this miracle, I had to perform the miracle in the same way".
Power exceeding science
Miss. Jyothi, an engineering student, argued with Swami saying that science was the ultimate and that there was no power beyond science. Swami argued that there is indeed power beyond science. The student showed Swami a patient suffering from a severe ulcer. He had been unable to take even a morsel of rice for the past six years. Medical science had somehow managed to keep him alive. However the doctors could not cure him. Jyothi asked Swami to cure the patient if he indeed possessed powers beyond the science. Swami asked the patient to give a fruit to Him with his hands. The patient gave a banana to Swami, which Swami immediately ate. The patient was relieved from the disease immediately and could eat full rice meals from that time on. However Swami had to suffer for the patient's sake. Swami suffered the entire disease of this patient in one day. So intense was His suffering that it was unbearable for anyone to watch Him suffer. Swami lay on a bed tossing in pain. He was so violently tossing and turning in pain that the bed in which He lay got damaged.
Sri Anjeneya Sharma lost his voice due to paralysis. He approached Swami. Swami started singing devotional songs and asked Sri Sharma, to sing along with Him. Needless to say that Sri Sharma sang very well. Swami then told him that a voice is given to a human being only to sing the glory of the Lord.
Curing a heart attack
Smt. Kameshwari suffered from a heart attack and was taken to a hospital in Hyderabad, where she was being prepared for an emergency surgery. In the meanwhile her daughter, Smt. Lakshmi, fell at the feet of Swami in desperation and prayed to Him to save her mother. Swami explained to her that death is inevitable and that one should not be overly emotional about it. However the daughter was inconsolable. Finally Swami said, "I will save her now but you should not remain attached to her anymore. Your mother will live but you should give your heart to the Lord. You must love God alone and not your mother from now on. If you promise Me this, I will save your mother". Lakshmi promised Swami.
Swami asked Lakshmi to request the doctors to re-examine the patient before operating on her. The doctors did likewise and were baffled to see no symptom of a heart attack. They immediately discharged the lady.
A few days after this incident, Smt. Lakshmi was on her way to see her mother. Swami met her on the way and told her that she was still attached to her mother. He reminded her that she had promised to love God alone and yet she loved her mother more than God. She had broken her promise. Smt. Lakshmi was disturbed and told Swami that she was only visiting her mother but her mind was completely focused on God. Swami told her that one should do one's duty without attachment. He told her that she could do her duty by visiting her mother and providing for her but without attachment. Her heart should be given to the Lord alone. Today, ten years after the incident, Smt. Kameshwari still lives without any heart problems.
Curing a high fever
In Vijayawada, Smt. Padmaja's daughter had a very high temperature for several days. It would not come down in spite of medication. Padmaja did not want to inform Swami about it because she knew that the only way that He would cure the fever was to take it upon Himself and suffer instead of the child. But her daughter's condition was worsening and she was not responding to medication. Finally around midnight, in desperation, she prayed to Swami, who was in Hyderabad at that time. Gradually her daughter started feeling better and her temperature went back to normal.
Next morning, Padamaja called Swami to thank Him for curing her daughter. A devotee answered the phone and informed her that Swami had been taken ill just past midnight, on the previous night, and was suffering from a very high fever. Padmaja was filled with remorse. She could not forgive herself that she had forced Swami to suffer in order that her child may be cured. Swami later consoled her saying that it was alright that she had prayed to Him to help her child since the child was in a critical condition and there was no alternative.
One night, a devotee called Venkatalakshmi, had a vision of Swami in which His face was glowing like the sun. She was so shocked that she was sobbing for a long time and was unable to sleep. Seeing her condition, Swami emanated a sweet fragrance of lotus flowers to pacify her. The fragrance spread all over her home. Venkatalakshmi became peaceful and happy. Her daughter had insomnia and had not been able to sleep that night as well. Swami applied sacred ash on her forehead and the child glided gently into the most blissful sleep she had ever had. She no more suffered from insomnia.
Devoted boy saved
The son of Smt. Seshu Kumari was suffering with rheumatic fever and was admitted into the hospital. The doctor told her that her son's condition was very serious and that he would have to stay in hospital for at least a month. The boy had to appear for a public examination in a week. His performance in that examination was crucial for him to get admission to the college of his choice. His near and dear ones were afraid that he might not be able to appear for the exam. But the boy was a strong devotee of Swami. The boy and his mother prayed Swami. Swami appeared before the boy in the hospital and gently massaged the body of the boy. He recovered almost instantaneously. The doctors were completely bowled over to see such a dramatic improvement and discharged the boy from the hospital.
Fever cured instantly
Miss Nalini is a very ardent devotee of Swami and often gets the fragrance of lotus flowers and sacred ash. Once she was suffering from fever with a severe headache. Swami relieved both her fever and her headache instantly.